EDMONTON, Mar 4 (  Premier Ralph Klein may change his province’s definition of spouse to include practicing homosexual couples. Klein’s caucus will be debating the question on March 18.  The issue arose due to objections over a Domestic Relations Amendment Act bill, which does not allow the inclusion of same-sex partners in the definition of common-law spouses.

In view of Klein’s failure to use the “notwithstanding clause” of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms last year when the Supreme Court of Canada ordered Alberta to amend its human rights code to include special protection for practicing homosexuals, social conservatives fear the premier may buckle again to special interests.

“We’re going to be very careful in what we do to uphold the principles of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and also our own human rights legislation,” the Premier said in reference to the upcoming deliberations.

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Source: The Canadian Press